Selected Hackathons, Competitions, etc.

I receive notice of many hackathons, competitions, etc.  I'm not endorsing these, but students might find them of interest.  (If you know of such an event, feel free to send it to me.)


Newsletter sent Monday, February 25, 2019


Museum of Science Competition

The Museum of Science is excited to present the 2019 Go Carbon Neutral! Transportation Challenge to undergraduate Students in New England. The Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge is a competition to create winning strategies for reducing carbon emissions in Boston.

As set forth by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Boston aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, and to achieve this goal our community needs the fresh perspective of future STEM professionals. To launch the Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge, the Museum has partnered with two organizations devoted to building a healthier environment: Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States, and General Motors, a company who believes in a world with an all-electric future and a world with Zero Emissions. Applicants will choose a transportation challenge and propose a strategy and/or solution, and semi-finalists will present their ideas at a culminating event at the Museum of Science on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

 Winners will receive cash prizes, an exclusive networking opportunity with Greentown’s investees, and news coverage within the STEM community!


Applications will be accepted now through March 3rd. Each team must submit a visual display and a video pitch. For more information visit:

All Semi-Finalists Receive:

  • Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge award certificates
  • Professional photos
  • Acknowledgement of participation through Museum of Science social media

All Finalists Receive:

  • All prizes listed above
  • Cash prizes (split equally among team members).
    • Grand Prize: $3,000
    • First Runner Up: $2,000
    • Second Runner Up: $1,000


Schneider Electric Go Green in the City Competition

Schneider Electric is sponsoring a new competition - Go Green in the City 2019. They are asking Harvard University students to submit ideas for efficient energy management of the future. An interdisciplinary approach is more than welcome, so it is a good fit for Harvard students.  There are a variety of awards, from job offers from Schneider Electric to fully funded trips to the Global Innovation Summit in Barcelona as well as an all-inclusive international trip to two cities of their choice (where Schneider Electric has offices).

Newsletter sent Monday, February 11, 2019


Bowdoin College Hackathon

Bowdoin College is hosting a hackathon on Sunday, February 24th, from 9 AM to 6 PM.  Lunch will be provided.  Harvard undergrads welcome!  This year's theme –– "S+G" for Supreme Gaming –– is designed to make this hackathon a chance for its participants to create an innovative, fun, and unique project to add to their portfolio and experience. Coders who love gaming, will have a chance to explore a future of game making. The sponsor, Activision, is the publisher behind the $15 billion Call of Duty franchise. One representative from Activision will join us for "S+G" and will also serve on the judges' board alongside our own departmental professors. They will also bring prizes!  Register now!


Newsletter sent Monday, February 4, 2019


LibrePlanet software conference

The LibrePlanet free software conference will be held March 23-24, 2019, in the greater Boston area. This conference, which you may attend free of charge, is a chance for you to learn more about digital freedom, free software, data privacy and security, and a variety of other topics that apply to the technology we use constantly every day. I encourage you all to attend -- please register in advance here.

This conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and address challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2019 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels. LibrePlanet 2019 is produced by the Free Software Foundation, and FSF members and students attend LibrePlanet at no cost. More information is available at You can see talks from previous LibrePlanet conferences at

LibrePlanet 2019's theme is "Trailblazing Free Software." In 1983, the free software movement was born with the announcement of the GNU Project. FSF founder Richard Stallman saw the dangers of proprietary code from the beginning: when code was kept secret from users, they would be controlled by the technology they used, instead of vice versa. In contrast, free software emphasized a community-oriented philosophy of sharing code freely, enabling people to understand how the programs they used worked, to build off of each other's code, to pay it forward by sharing their own code, and to create useful software that treated users fairly.


Newsletter sent Thursday, January 17, 2019


2019 Geothermal Design Challenge

The application window for the 2019 Geothermal Design Challenge™ is now open and we need your help to find qualified students.

Who can enter: Teams of two or three currently enrolled students from any U.S. high school or university, including graduate students.

The Challenge: Student teams will research datasets, interpret information and create a data visualization portfolio that tells a compelling story about the search for clean, renewable geothermal energy.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2019


Women in Data Science Cambridge conference registration now open

Registration for the annual Women in Data Science (WiDS) conference, scheduled for Monday, March 4th at the Microsoft NERD Center, is now open. In partnership with Stanford University, WiDS is a one-day technical conference bringing together academic leaders, industry professionals, and students, and ALL GENDERS are invited to attend to listen to women speakers discuss the latest data science-related research and technologies. Registration is FREE, but please note that it fills up fast!

As part of the conference, we are also seeking posters for the student poster session. Posters on topics in data science are sought from a wide range of fields and approaches.  Participation in the poster session will allow you to share your research and get feedback from researchers and practitioners from around the area. If you are interested, please see the below information for how to participate.

•  Abstracts (200 word max) are due by Wednesday, January 23, 2019, and should be submitted to Amy Kaczur,  

•  Notification of Selection will happen on Monday, February 11, 2019

•  Selected posters are due by 10:00am on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  The sample poster template is available for download here.

•  Poster Session and logistics will be organized by Amy Kaczur, IDSS, MIT

•  Inquiries about the poster session can be addressed to Amy Kaczur,

•  Poster Session will take place 12:00 - 1:00pm 


Devpost Hackathons

Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal

Build (or update) Alexa skills using Alexa Presentation Language (APL) that leverages the screen on one of the following devices: Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Fire Tablets.

- Prizes: Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes

- Deadline: January 22, 2019

Twitch AWS Extensions Challenge

Build Twitch Extensions for viewers, broadcasters, or both.  Extensions can be in any category and any theme, as long as it uses integrates at least one AWS service.

- Prizes: Up to $26,500 in cash and prizes

- Deadline: February 26, 2019

Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon

Build or update a functioning Microsoft Graph-powered solution that leverages the Microsoft Graph Security API. (Note: Please review the complete requirements on the website)

- Prizes: Up to $15,000 in cash, promotion and a speaking opportunity at Build Day 2019

- Deadline: March 1, 2019


The Data Open: Boston Regional Datathon 19

The Data Open brings together the best minds in mathematics, engineering, science, and technology to collaborate and compete using the world’s most important data sets.
February 9, 2019
8:00am – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by Citadel.


Newsletter Sent Monday, December 17, 2018


MindSumo Inc. is launching a challenge with Space Center Houston to Design a personal CO2 monitor for use on long duration spaceflight.


February 8-9 Catalant Technologies Seaport District
HBP is an independently-run Boston hackathon for curious students, hackers, makers, and beginners. In three days, tech companies, organizers, and students will come together to expand their networks and build lasting relationships. I


Data Science Animation Contest

Have you studied data science in a course or on your own? Are you interested in pushing your visualization skills to create data animations? If so, then you should enter Harvard’s first Data Science Animation Contest!

What: On your own or in a team, illustrate a data science or statistics concept through creating an animation, which you can make with the same tools you used when learning data science.

When: Final submissions are due January 10, 2019, 11:59 PM EST. But Register Now.

Why: This is an opportunity to push both your data science and programming skills with some friendly competition. The first place award is $500 and the two runner-ups will win $250 each. All finalists will also be invited to present their submissions at a cross-Harvard University workshop on data science and applied statistics education in January 2019. All submissions will be made available to the public to benefit from, so your work will be showcased beyond just the Harvard data science community.  

Check out the contest homepage for contest rules, animation learning resources and examples, registration details, and submission instructions. We look forward to seeing your submissions! Register Now!

Tech-Together Hackathon

From Eva Lynch, TechTogether Boston Leadership Team:

Applications are now open for TechTogether at Agganis Arena in Boston on March 22-24, 2019.  A movement led by women from across the nation, TechTogether is one of the largest female and non-binary hackathons in the world!  Our mission is to empower women and femme non-binary individuals in technology to achieve; provide them with opportunities to explore the tech industry in an inspiring, encouraging, and energizing environment; and create a community of inclusivity.  High school students, undergraduates, and graduate students are welcome to become a hacker! We invite students from all experience levels to participate. Apply HERE!

Not a hacker, but want to get involved? We’re also looking for mentors, volunteers, and brand ambassadors. Sign-up HERE to and we will reach out to you with more information!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at Feel free to check out our instagram (@techtogetherboston), twitter(@TechTogetherBos), and facebook profile (@TechTogetherBoston), and learn more about us on our website.

Two Sigma AI Programming Challenge

Two Sigma runs an annual AI programming challenge, Halite, in which participants write bots to compete in an original online multi-agent game. Two Sigma started Halite in 2016 to share the creative, collaborative, and intellectual spirit of internal competitions with the community, and Halite has so far engaged more than about 10,000 coding participants of all experience levels. Last year alone, competitors from 100 countries played in more than 20 programming languages.

This year’s challenge, Halite III, launched a few weeks ago and runs through January 22, 2019. The game has a resource management premise, simple rules and a branching factor many times greater than that of the game of Go. We designed an exploratory game with real-world relevance: players build bots that navigate ships around an ocean map collecting an energy resource. Thousands of competitors have explored algorithms and machine learning in this game-theoretic space so far.

You can learn about the Halite challenge and sign up to play at For a deeper dive, this link includes a few recent observations on how the competition is playing out, and this Google Cloud ML blog post provides additional context.


Newsletter Sent Monday, November 26, 2018

CodeCon, a live coding competition hosted by Bloomberg

Push your programming and problem solving skills to the limit against the clock! The top three finishers from your school will be invited to the Bloomberg headquarters in NYC for a showdown against finalists from schools across the globe. Bring your charged laptop and best programming skills! Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, 11/27; Time: 5pm dinner // 6pm competition begins; Location: Emerson 305; Sign up here:


Newsletter sent ot Monday, November 12, 2018

RPI Student Design Competition on Engineering Innovation for Society
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Thurs evening Jan 10 to noon Sun Jan 13 2019.
Design team projects developed in conjunction with the Center for Disability Services (CDS) of Albany NY,
$10,000 prize to winning team, $4000 to second and $2000 to third place teams
Undergrad students interested in innovating new products/devices/solutions to real world problems of the disabled are encouraged to apply.
Application period is from Friday Nov. 2 to Fri Nov 23. If interested, please apply at
Eight teams of 4 students will compete. Teams will be formed at the competition on a random basis, subject to the restrictions below.
Applications are on an individual basis. Students must be currently enrolled students at a 4-year college in a STEM field. Multiple students from a given university are encouraged to apply but no two will be on the same team.
RPI students are encouraged to apply. Eight will be selected, one per team.
A $50 deposit will be required which will be returned at the beginning of the Competition as a protec-tion against no-shows.
A travel honorarium, lodging provided at the local Hilton Garden Inn (two persons per room), and meals provided to all participants.
To determine the winners, projects will be evaluated both on conceptual design and prototyping, ac-cording to a provided rubric.
A document of IP policy is available. In short IP will be owned by the creators. The detailed docu-ment will be posted as soon as possible.

UMass Amherst HackHer413 Hackathon is the first all-women and non-binary student hackathon in Western Massachusetts, taking place February 9th-10th 2019! Hackathons are free events that encourage participants to learn new skills, network, and build something that they are passionate about over the course of 24-hours. There will be a career fair, team building activities, tons of free food, and lots of helpful workshops.

At the end, teams have the option to submit their creations in front of industry judges for awesome prizes!

Applications for HackHer413 are now open [1]! We encourage all women and non-binary university students interested in technology and innovation to apply, regardless of major, coding background, age, or experience.

Newsletter sent out Monday, October 29, 2018

Codestellation is Brandeis University’s annual hackathon, centered around collaboration and learning, Codestellation seeks to foster an inclusive environment that values creativity, dedication, and teamwork. This year they have many exciting workshops, talks, and surprise events planned!  Representatives from sponsors will also be present to recruit for Summer
2019 internships as well as entry-level positions for grads. Codestellation gives away plenty of amazing prizes to the winning teams of each prize category.  Below are some logistics for the event.
Date: November 10th-11th
Venue: Brandeis University Shapiro Science Center
Attendees:  Estimated 200-250.
You can find the registration link at to reserve your spot asap! If you have any questions please reach out to

IT Architecture Competition
Registration for the fourth IT Architecture Competition is now open.
Here are the steps for students to participate in the event:

  • Visit and review the activities of past years
  • Form a team of maximum three students
  • Identify a faculty who will be referee for your team
  • Decide a name for your team
  • Register your team at 
  • Work with a  industry mentor that will be allocated to your team
  • Develop an architecture solution for a real world problem